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Lectures (Video)


Course Summary

This course is based on PHIL 176 Death, Spring, 2007 made available by Yale University: Open Yale under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
This course will examine a number of issues that arise once we begin to reflect on our mortality. The possibility that death may not actually be the end is considered. Are we, in some sense, immortal? Would immortality be desirable? Also, a clearer notion of what it is to die is examined. What does it mean to say that a person has died? What kind of fact is that? And, finally, different attitudes to death are evaluated. Is death an evil? How? Why? Is suicide morally permissible? Is it rational? How should the knowledge that I am going to die affect the way I live my life?

Reading Material

1. Plato - Phaedo
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2. A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality
John Perry, A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality.
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3. The Death of Ivan Ilych
Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych.
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